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Hey, Red Sox fans: You think September was bad?
Wait’ll you see October.
There’s no way around it now. It’s as inevitable as a Rays triple play, or as Marco Scutaro failing to scoot between second and third.
The Yankees are going to win it all.
I can’t believe I’m saying that. I can’t believe I’m writing it.
I’m the one who stupidly wrote back in March that the Yankees were the American League East megateam that would miss the playoffs. I said then that their starting rotation just wasn’t good enough.
It still isn’t. And they’re still going to win.
They’re going to win because their lineup is the best one out there, and because that crazy winter idea of a lockdown bullpen really did work. They’re going to win because Ivan Nova grew up, because Freddy Garcia didn’t grow old, and because Joe Girardi will realize just in time that it makes no sense at all to believe in A.J. Burnett.
They’re going to win because the overpaid guy they got from the Rays (Rafael Soriano) can handle the seventh inning, while the overpaid guy you got from the Rays (Crawford) couldn’t even handle batting seventh.
They’re going to win because their beat-up third baseman (Alex Rodriguez) will be able to stay on the field long enough to contribute, while your beat-up third baseman (Kevin Youkilis) couldn’t.
They’re going to win because the catcher the Red Sox didn’t get — Russell “I hate the Red Sox” Martin — is going to come up big.
They’re going to win because the Red Sox of May through August were the one team that would have beaten them, and those Red Sox went home with a month left.
But mostly, they’re going to win because this is the year that tests all those Red Sox fans who began feeling entitled after 2004 and 2007. This is the year when they find out that the most painful September possible really can be followed by the most painful October possible.
It’ll be a thrilling month for most of us, whether we like the outcome or not. Just as the regular season went the distance, every postseason series will go the distance. The storylines will be so good that the ratings go up, even in Boston.
But in the end, the Sox and their fans will hate October, just as they hated September.
The Yankees are going to win the World Series.